Camp Kerry Society Board of Directors

Bob Kirstiuk

Bob Kirstiuk

President

Bob lost his wife “Kerry” after a battle with cancer when she was at the young age of 32 and left Bob with 2 wonderful children, Avery and Hudson that were 3 and 1 years old at the time of her passing. Bob requested that donations from Kerry’s celebration of life service go towards a family bereavement program that Dr. Heather Mohan was running at the time. Heather approached Bob with the idea of having a bereavement program for young families that had lost a loved one and suggested the program be named after Bob’s late wife Kerry. Bob has been President of Camp Kerry Society since its inception and is a huge supporter of the valuable work and contributions this unique bereavement program offers in the communities it serves.

Bob met Nickole 2 years later and she is now Bob’s wife and mother to Avery and Hudson. Nickole is a huge contributor to Camp Kerry and is involved with many of its fundraising initiatives.

Shortly after graduating from UBC with a Commerce degree, Bob co-founded his company, Advantage Parts Solutions in 1988, which currently operates across Canada, the US and the UK. He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization.

Doug Allan

Doug Allan

Vice President

Doug Allan, Vice-President and a member of the Board since 2014, has attended Camp Kerry BC for several years with his daughter, Cassy. Initially, it was for coping with the loss of his wife, Cassy’s mother, and after that it has been as a Peer Mentor Family supporting others through similar ordeals.

Doug is focused on assisting organizations and individuals achieve success with Camp Kerry, just like he does in his management consulting practice.

Michael Lapczynski

Michael Lapczynski

Treasurer

Michael has been volunteering with Camp Kerry since 2013, and joined the Board of Directors in 2014, currently serving as Treasurer. He has a background in finance and wealth management, holding the Chartered Strategic Wealth Professional designation, while working a large chartered banking institution.

Michael feels a strong connection with Camp Kerry Society and enjoys giving back by sharing his experiences with loss and helping with various youth group retreats.

Ryan Benn

Ryan Benn

Director

Ryan is the President of Alive Publishing Group and the President of Teldon Media Group. His business accomplishments have been recognized with several honours, including Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Marketers in Canada under 30; a Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40 accolade; and the BCIT Top Graduate Award (School of Business) as well as the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ryan is an Executive member of the BC Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on numerous not-for-profit boards including Camp Kerry Society, Global Women, A Better Life Foundation and the Canadian & US Organic Trade Association.

Martin McNish

Martin McNish

Director

Martin is a CFA Charterholder and an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager at Odlum Brown Limited. He has been a member of the Board since 2015, and has been involved with Camp Kerry as a volunteer since 2008.

Martin also serves on the board of Silver Harbour Centre and is the Founder of 100 Men Who Give a Damn – Vancouver. In his spare time, he teaches finance classes and is typically training for a marathon.

Melissa Lapczynski

Melissa Lapczynski

Director

Melissa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works with children, youth and families at a local community-based nonprofit agency.

She has been involved with Camp Kerry since 2010 and has been a Board Member since 2013. She is passionate about the unique Camp Kerry model and supporting grieving families, walking alongside them during their grief journey.